Hodder & Stoughton will publish literary agent Andrew Lownie’s biography of Cambridge spy Guy Burgess this autumn.
The book draws on research from archives around the world and interviews with more than 100 people who knew Burgess, among other sources.
It will chart Burgess’ life from “naval cadet and Eton schoolboy to brilliant Cambridge undergraduate, from BBC producer, diplomat, and agent working for the Soviet government, MI5 and MI6, to his lonely tragic-comic exile in Russia”.
Hodder & Stoughton acquired British Commonwealth rights from Lownie to Stalin’s Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess.
Hodder non-fiction publisher Rupert Lancaster said: “Stalin’s Englishman is an enthralling new portrait of a complex and fascinating man. It is extraordinary how such an outspoken and eccentric character could escape detection for so long.”
Lownie said: “I first became interested in the Cambridge Spy Ring when, as president of the Cambridge Union in 1984, I arranged an international seminar on the subject with writers and former intelligence officers. My interest became a 30-year quest to discover the truth about a man who was an engaging and charming companion to many, but an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others. It’s a story of personal treachery as much as public betrayal.”
Stalin’s Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess will be published on 10th September 2015. St Martin’s Press will publish in North America in 2016.
Last month The Bodley Head announced it was publishing a biography of Donald Maclean, another of the Cambridge spies, written by John Murray publisher Roland Philipps.